This week I've been road-trippin' around New Zealand, and hijinks have ensued. I went to my Nana's 95th birthday party, I had to break into my Mum's house after I locked my car keys inside (sorry Mum! I didn't break anything though), I went on a 90 minute detour to see a waterfall and then missed a turn off so a 3 hour drive took 6 hours, I almost-nearly patted a lamb "in the wild" and I went to some hot pools. It was rad times. Here's what I wore, plus a bunch of holiday snaps at the end because who doesn't love holiday snaps?
Saturday: a chill out day of forcing my Mum to take me to a new local cafe (great), doing a spot of shopping in town (I bought a phone charger for the car, booorrrring) and then heading over to Tauranga for Nana's birthday party. I did not wear this out to dinner, and I also didn't get a photo fo that outfit. Soz.
Sunday: we awoke in Tauranga, and I ate the least delicious cheese scone I've ever encountered. In the afternoon Mum and I hit up Hamilton so she could get some jeans, and I finally spent my Overland vouchers on these amazing shoes. I love these trousers from Elk, which I bought at Wanda Harland, VERY much. Later that evening, Mum and I went out for dinner and I ate some delicious chicken tacos. A very happy day.
Monday: I awoke at 4.30 a.m. feeling very, very unwell. I had planned to leave Mum's for a trip to Auckland at about 8 a.m. but ultimately didn't leave until 10. It was an easy drive and I'd just like to say THANK YOU GOOGLE for the gift to humanity that is Google Maps. I was in Milford in time for coffee with Dianne, who you will remember from this post - meeting IRL was awesome - although our plans to visit Painted Bird were stymied. We peered through the windows like a couple of fashion-obsessed weirdos, and I will be back!
Made a short stop at Zara on the way back to Cambridge that afternoon to see if it was still living up to the hype. All the colour and embellishment was super stimulating, and I can see how it might be trouncing Glassons. I bought a red gingham skirt in homage to the Cue pants that I definitely can't justify. I wasn't that into the rest of it.
Tuesday: to New Plymouth! This was my travelling outfit, I changed into this when I got to NP (i.e. about ten minutes after this shot). This is also the day I locked myself out of Mum's house without my car keys. I also got on the road an hour later than I'd planned, but I did a load of laundry for Mum so I am a hero.
Cruised around NP, checked out this fabulous bridge and then headed off to the movies that evening to see Thor: Ragnarok. It was good, but perhaps it's time for a new genre of films. Can we move on from superheroes at some point?
Wednesday: failed to take a proper picture of my outfit, so please enjoy this sh*t quality Instagram photo instead. I loved the Coastal Walkway, and next time I'm in town I'll be organising a bike and cruising it repeatedly. I also checked out The Dressing Room and made off like a bandit with a couple of pieces - particularly pleased with the vintage NZ made dress I picked up. Kicked off up the road at about 2 p.m. and fully expected to be in Taupo by dinner time. Instead, arrived at about 8.30 p.m. after my waterfall diversion and accidental "long way 'round" map incident. Thanks to said waterfall diversion I also nearly ran out of petrol and was saved at the absolute last minute by a fortunately-located petrol station. At one point I drove along with the driver's side window down and I now have quite a nice bit of sunburn on my legs from the hem of my skirt to my knee. Success all around. However! I saw sooooo many lambs on my walk to the waterfall and they were almost fake-looking in their cuteness. So cute. Please see pics in the slideshow below.
Thursday: I awoke in Taupo, and thanked Google again because it allows me to type "cafe" into the Maps app and find excellent places like the Storehouse. Delicious. I headed out to Wairakei for a geothermal walk that is supposed to take 30 minutes but, due to my obsessive geology photography, took me nearly an hour. I got incredibly frustrated with the map until I realised I was reading it back to front (don't ask). The place I went to is wonderful - they have THREE alpaca, countless peacocks and peahens, billions of chickens (and baby chickens!), a doggo, a sheep, some bunnies in hutches and some other birds I didn't recognise. Magical wonderland, plus the guy who runs it is an A+ interesting human and makes a good coffee.
Headed off to DeBretts for a hot swim/bit of Kindle reading time, grabbed lunch by the lake and then headed to Whanganui. And that brings us to now - Wednesday evening - ensconced in an ex-retirement village, having eaten an entire pizza for dinner. Tomorrow it's back to Wellington (after some Whanganui adventuring) and then two days of laundry and catching up on life before I head back to work on Monday.
It's been an excellent week away, in which I've remembered how much I love: animals; bush walking; driving through majestic NZ scenery; weird side adventures that take ages; talking to random strangers; playing music very loudly; wandering about in the sunshine; reading books; and having no reason to look at a calendar. Great stuff. Can't wait to do it again!